Recommendation for Award for Griffith, Robert Jacob Rank: Temporary Captain ... | The National Archives Reference: WO 373/1/104 Name: Griffith, Robert Jacob Rank: Temporary Captain Service No: 134399 Regiment: [North Irish Horse], Royal Armoured Corps Theatre of Combat or Operation: North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia) Award: Military Cross Date of announcement in London Gazette: 22 April 1943 26 Army Tank Brigade 134399 Temporary Captain Robert Jacob GRIFFITH, NORTH IRISH HORSE, R.A.C. On 28 Feb part of 'A' Sqn were returning to take up their position at first light in the are 3247 (Tunisia, Sheet 4) when the Sqn Ldr's tank was knocked out and Major W.H. KETCH ELL wounded. Capt GRIFFITH, who had been delayed on the way owing to a broken down vehicle, arrived shortly afterwards and very coolly and competently organised the defence of this vital area. He remained in command of this area until 5th March and during this period was responsible for holding the position by day and by night. On the morning of 1 Mar six enemy tanks were subjected to artillery fire; one was immobilised and all abandoned their crews. Capt GRIFFITH went out on foot and entered one of these tanks. He brought back a GERMAN wallet containing valuable material for identification and from the information which he supplied an operation for the complete destruction of the tanks was organised and successfully carried. out. During these six days Capt GRIFFITH displayed marked powers of leadership and initiative. The position was frequently under fire and Capt GRIFFITH went out many times on foot to locate the enemy guns and to secure valuable information of enemy tank and Inf movements. I consider that Capt. GRIFFITH played a very valuable part in the stopping of the tank thrust on BEJA.